Hunting Games

Armed Danger

Armed Danger

A hunting rifle has five times the power of a Kalashnikov. The bullet can rip through the organs of a human body, leaving no chance of survival. The Polish Hunting Association (Polski Związek Łowiecki) has safety regulations in place to minimise the risk of anyone getting hurt whenever one of its 116,000 members goes hunting. Nevertheless, this sport claims lives every year. In August, a 60-year-old man was hunting in a forest near Łęczyca (Łódź province). A bullet from his rifle hit 21-year-old Łukasz who was sitting in a car, 300 metres from the shooter. It only took a couple of minutes for Łukasz to bleed out and die. Now, the hunter is being accused of involuntary manslaughter, but the tragedy could well have been averted had the 60-year-old removed cartridges from the rifle upon exiting hid hideout, as PZŁ regulations dictate. Although hunters are required to participate in annual training sessions, in reality no consequences await those who cannot shoot well. What is more, hunters’ health is not controlled past the initial tests necessary to receive a license; after that, only their own better judgement can prevent them from hunting should they, for example, develop an eye condition.
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